Covid-19 Daily Update:SA records 1 149 new cases with 59 related deaths.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 1 149 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 908 768.This increase represents a 3.2% positivity rate.
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (22%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (18%). Gauteng Province accounted for 14%; Free State accounted for 12%; Eastern Cape accounted for 11%; Northern Cape accounted for 8%; North West accounted for 7% each; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.
NICD said a a further 59 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 87 981 to date.
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Meanwhile Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has urged employees of the department as well as the public to vaccinate against COVID-19.
"It is important for all of us to vaccinate. Though it is voluntary, remember that when you vaccinate, you do not protect yourself only, you protect your family and those that are around you. By vaccinating you also assist in allowing the economy to fully open.
"Please heed the call by Government and vaccinate as early as possible and help the country to save jobs and to reduce the rate of unemployment that is continuing to increase," Nxesi said.
The Minister said this during his oversight visit to the Rustenburg Labour Centre. The visit forms part of his scheduled series of visits to different departmental offices across the country to monitor the quality of services offered to clients.
Nxesi also aims to create a platform for clients to engage him on challenges they experience and to get an on-site understanding of the office dynamics by engaging employees.
The Minister also visited the Mogwase Industrial Site and continued to urge employees to vaccinate. The call by Minister Nxesi to urge employees to vaccinate is part of government’s concerted efforts to help the country and the world at large to fight against the pandemic, which has amongst others left the economies of many countries struggling to recover.